ABAHLALI baseMjondolo (ABM) will set up shacks outside Cape Townâs stadium on the eve of the World Cup to show the world how they live.
ABM deputy chairperson Mthobeli Zona told Sowetan: âWe know the government will send the police to beat us in front of the media â¦ and the whole world will know about our struggles.
âWe live in dirty and smelling places. We have no jobs. We live shameful lives. There are no toilets here. There is no electricity. We have to pay R20 a month or 50c a day to use other peopleâs toilets,â he said.
Zona said the government should have used the money they spent on the Gautrain and Bus Rapid Transit system to ârelocate shack dwellers to dry areas. What we donât want is to be moved to Temporary Relocation Areas (TRAs).
âThe government should put their cats and dogs in TRAs. They make us sick,â he said.
Another resident in Khayelitshaâs QQ Section, Nobantu Goniwe, said she would join the demonstration.
Having lived in QQ Section for the past 10 years, Goniwe complained that many people got tuberculosis because of the âhard living conditions.â
She complained that when Premier Helen Zille visited the area in winter when it was flooded, she wore gumboots.
âWe live here and we donât have gumboots. I just wish we could swap places with her,â Goniwe said.
She said the World Cup was not going to bring changes to their community where unemployment and crime were rife.
Teenagers Azola Zadunge, Thembinkosi Mdumela, and Mananga Mzubongile said they were excited about the World Cup and would watch the games at the Khayelitsha fan park. They said the World Cup had not benefited any youth in their community.